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Manfrotto 804RC2 head de-assembly, assembly clean up and lubrication

6 Sep 2010 1:50PM
Hi Guys,
I have an 804RC2 head and it is far new. After used just once at the beach it started to get hard to moviment. Beach Photography is one of my favorite subjects so I don't want to have to take the head to a profissional services whenever back from there, so I'd like to learn how can I de-assembly, clean and assembly it back myself.
Does anybody can help me with this, please,

Thank you for any help,


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BigRick 12 2.1k 3 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2010 6:44PM
I cant help with the assembly, but next time you use it on the beach,,,, wrap a carrier bag or something around the head so it stops the sand getting in.... elastic bands would probably hold it in place. Smile
6 Sep 2010 7:03PM
I just found out this very helpful PDF on the Manfrotto's web site.

Looking at this, my question is basically about the part called "R804,10". It looks like a plastic seal. How should I take it off? Should I just put a screwdriver there in order to take it off?

Thank you

Pete Plus
16 18.8k 97 England
6 Sep 2010 7:13PM

Quote:How should I take it off? Should I just put a screwdriver there in order to take it off?

It looks like it. I needed to clean a Nintendo Wii which had covers over its screws. They were lightly glued on and I imagine the tripod is similar. A very fine tipped one so you don't damage the edge of it. If you're unsure it may be worth contacting Manfrotto service dept and asking if the piece just clips off.
8 Sep 2010 5:46PM
Did it. As stated by Pete before there is a glue there. Once clipped it off you have access to that parts showed by the PDF.
No grace oil or other lufricant looks to be requiered. Just cleaned for the sand in there and is all working fine now.

Thank you all
Pete Plus
16 18.8k 97 England
8 Sep 2010 5:50PM

Quote:Just cleaned for the sand in there and is all working fine now.

Good to hear and a big thanks for coming back to share the outcome for future users who may have the same issue.
retroken 6 1 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2012 11:53AM
I found this interesting as I have just missed some good shots of a fox crossing a field.
I have a 300mm lens attached and discovered the tilt and side to side were sticking and jerking instead of moving smoothly, which caused me to keep losing sight of the fox.
Should I give it a squirt of 3in1/wd40, or will this damage the head? ie does it need to be stripped??
mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2012 12:59PM
3in1 will collect dirt and really mess up your head. WD 40 is also a 'wet' lubricant and could do the same thing.
You need a dry lubricant (if at all).
22 Feb 2012 3:50PM
Hi mikehit,

You shouldn't use it there. Having the mechanism clean would be enough.
This is the schema to assembly / de-assembly it in order to clean it out:

If you are no sure about doing it your self, take it to an tech assistence.



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